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PACK EXPO International 2012 to focus on sustainability.

October 12, 2012

Taking place in Chicago, IL from October 23–31, PACK EXPO International 2012 aims to provide comprehensive resource for innovation and insights manufactures need to drive sustainability initiatives. Exhibitors will feature sustainability-enhancing solutions, and Conference at PACK EXPO will offer sustainability track focusing on initiatives, challenges, and solutions across supply chain. Also, PACK EXPO Lecture Series will host Dennis Miller and James Carville. Read More

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BIO Strongly Opposes RFS waiver requests in comments to EPA.

October 12, 2012

In comments made to EPA on requests by governors of several states for waiver of America's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), BIO said that any waiver of RFS would have little to no effect on corn prices and would harm USA biofuel producers and biotech companies. "Stability and growth of biofuels industry," said BIO, "depends on continued and predictable implementation of the RFS to meet the policy's overall goals of expanded production and use of renewable fuels in the transportation sector." Read More

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Three Associations collaborate for classification manual.

October 12, 2012

ASC, Federation of European Adhesives Manufacturers, and China Adhesives and Tape Industry Association have collaborated to harmonize 2012 ASC-CATIA-FEICA Adhesives and Sealants Classification Manual, which provides common set of market definitions and product categories that can be used to represent adhesive and sealant industry worldwide. Manual will ease compilation and comparison of market report data and improve overall understanding of this complex and fragmented industry. Read More

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Reusable Packaging Pavilion returns to PACK EXPO.

October 12, 2012

Sponsored by Reusable Packaging Association, Reusable Packaging Pavilion plays an important role at PACK EXPO by connecting attendees with reusable transport packaging solutions that ensure products make the journey to store shelf safely and efficiently. RPA will also provide educational programming at The Conference at PACK EXPO, which runs concurrently with the show, from Oct. 29-31. Sessions will focus on sustainability, benefits of intelligent shipping, and container selection criteria. Read More

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Construction Unemployment rises to 11.9% in September 2012.

October 12, 2012

According to Labor Department's Oct 5 employment report, construction unemployment rose to 11.9% in September from 11.3% in August. Compared to same time last year, rate is down from 13.3%. While nonresidential building construction sector added 1,100 jobs for month, it lost 12,400 jobs during past year. September employment in nonresidential sector stood at 654,900. Residential building construction sector employment increased by 1,100 jobs for month and 3,200 jobs since September 2011. Read More

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EPA honors 2012 WaterSense Partners of the Year.

October 12, 2012

U.S. EPA recently honored 5 leading organizations as 2012 WaterSense Partners of the Year: American Standard Brands, Kohler Co., Lowe's Companies, Inc., Colorado Springs Utilities, and KB Home. WaterSense-labeled products manufactured by these organizations and more than 2,600 WaterSense partners nationwide have helped American businesses and households save 287 billion gallons of water and $4.7 billion in water and energy bills. Read More

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Manufacturing Institute, PMPA Partner to expand Right Skills Now.

October 12, 2012

Manufacturing Institute has partnered with PMPA to expand Right Skills Now, fast-track machining training program aligned to NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System. PMPA Executive Director Mike Duffin said industry's greatest challenge lies in developing skilled workforce and that PMPA, The Manufacturing Institute, and partners of Right Skills Now will make positive difference in developing skilled workforce needed to keep manufacturing competitive in North America. Read More

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Automate 2013 Conference Registration now open.

October 11, 2012

Scheduled for Jan 21-24, Automate 2013 will feature sessions geared to small and medium sized companies who are new users or considering robotics, vision, motion control, and other automation technologies. Other key topics will include fundamentals of robotics and fundamentals of vision, new developments in industrial robot safety, new motor and drive technologies, robotics system integration, motion control technology for increasing throughput, and practical applications using vision guided robots. Read More

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SmartDrive named ATA featured product.

October 11, 2012

During ATA's annual Management Conference and Exhibition, SmartDrive will be one of hundreds of exhibitors demonstrating products for trucking industry. By incorporating real-time, in-vehicle video with data from onboard computer diagnostics, SmartDrive helps fleets improve drivers' performance, reducing crashes and improving fuel efficiency. System shows safety directors and dispatchers when, where, and how vehicles are being driven while giving drivers real-time, in-cab feedback. Read More

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Hydraulics and Pneumatics Conference Registration is now open.

October 11, 2012

Scheduled for Nov 27-29, 2012 Energy Efficient Hydraulics and Pneumatics Conference will include workshops designed to communicate current best practices for maximizing energy efficiency and balancing cost issues for hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Breakthrough presentations will showcase innovative approaches and emerging technologies in energy efficient fluid power design and maintenance. During roundtable discussions, peers can share specific challenges and get expert advice from facilitators. Read More

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Research suggests Heisenberg's original formulation is wrong.

October 11, 2012

Researchers from University of Toronto set up apparatus to measure polarization of a pair of entangled photons. Their main goal was to quantify how much the act of measuring polarization disturbed the photons, which they did by observing light particles both before and after measurement. Results were published online in journal Physical Review Letters and researchers will present their findings at OSA's Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics, Oct. 14 -18. Read More

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EPA announces e-filing system for environmental reviews.

October 11, 2012

With e-NEPA online system, federal agencies can submit environmental impact statements electronically, eliminating need to mail or deliver copies to EPA headquarters, which reduces printing, shipping and delivery costs. Process also improves transparency, allowing EPA to post EIS documents to website. As of October 1, 2012, all agencies are required to use e-NEPA filing system.
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IEC and IEEE announce winners of global IEC-IEEE Challenge.

October 11, 2012

IEC-IEEE Challenge was launched by chief executives of both organizations with goal of stimulating global discussion on the role technology plays in social, environmental, and political development, and how universal standards influence this process. Ken Krechmer of the University of Colorado was chosen as first prize winner for his paper, "Cloud Computing Standardization" and received cash prize of $20,000. Second prize was awarded to Axel Mangelsdorf and third prize went to Joyce van de Vegte. Read More

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PACK EXPO to highlight traceability and serialization.

October 11, 2012

Counterfeit drugs continue to be a major problem in the global pharmaceutical market. During PACK EXPO International 2012, brand owners can see new technology to mitigate vulnerabilities in the drug supply. Pharmaceutical Pavilion will feature latest advances in labeling, filling, and inspection systems as well as blister packaging, flexible pouches, tubes, and closures. Serving as networking hub, Rx Lounge will allow attendees to share ideas and engage in dialogue with suppliers. Read More

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ISO Releases Case Studies on benefits of standardization.

October 11, 2012

ISO published second volume of Economic Benefits of Standards. This book-length work compiles 10 case studies of companies from 9 countries demonstrating that consistently implementing standards provides benefits, regardless of company's size, business sector, or country in which they are based. Studies have been carried out by ISO's Central Secretariat in Geneva in cooperation with ISO national members and academic institutions. Read More

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PACK EXPO Conference to unveil pharma market research.

October 11, 2012

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, PMMI will present its latest research on the pharmaceutical/medical device marketplace. Session will compare and contrast pharmaceutical manufacturing world of 2012 with that of 2008, which is when PMMI last produced a similar report. Research will highlight trends that are impacting the manufacturing environment and challenging pharmaceutical producers — the effects they are having today, and those likely to be seen in the future. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on proposed private security standard.

October 10, 2012

ASIS International, a member and accredited standards developer of ANSI, has submitted proposal for adoption of American National Standard ANSI/ASIS.PSC.1:2012, Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations - Requirements with Guidance, as an ISO management system standard. Standard creates framework for establishing, monitoring, and maintaining management of private security services and applies to any land-based private security provider. Read More

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Aquatech Amsterdam 2013 to focus on water usage, wastewater.

October 10, 2012

Held from November 5–8 at Amsterdam RAI, Aquatech Amsterdam 2013 will reflect market demand by focusing on wastewater treatment and industrial water use. This trade exhibition on process, drinking, and waste water brings together international leaders in water industry; 850+ exhibitors and 21,500+ visitors from around globe are expected to attend. Features will include Aquatech Innovation Award, networking opportunities, and educational sessions. Read More

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DOE Seeks Comment on EV Everywhere Grand Challenge document.

October 10, 2012

Department of Energy (DOE) requests public comments on preliminary framing document for its EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, which seeks to assist U.S. companies in development of convenient and affordable plug-in electric vehicles within next 10 years. Specific input is sought regarding overarching goal and metrics used to determine whether given electric vehicle (EV) is competitively priced, potential scenarios for EV deployment for achieving this goal, and DOE's supporting role. Read More

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U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders rise 4.1% over 2011.

October 10, 2012

Reported by companies participating in United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) program, August U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $470.44 million – up 3.4% from July but down 4.7% from August 2011. Year-to-date total, $3,606.56 million, was up 4.1% compared to 2011. In comment, AMT President Douglas K. Woods said, "It's a great sign for the industry to see both month-to-month and year-over-year gains in August, historically one of the slowest months for orders." Read More